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    The intersection of Yonge and St. Clair is about to look a whole lot more fabulous. 

    A shiny new public installation called the Tunnel of Glam is currently in the process of being built, and according to the Yonge and St Clair BIA, it's going to be filled with millions of glittering sequins. 

    The 80-foot tunnel designed by local art collective Studio F Minus will take over the small side street at 1501 Yonge St., tucked right next to the Shoppers Drug Mart. 

    It'll be filled with hanging lights and 14 million reversible sequins, a.k.a. flip sequins—the sparkling, colour-changing fabric that's become this year's newest tween craze.

    The tunnel is still undergoing some work but will be open to the public on December 1 until December 31, from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily. 


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    It's that time of year again. We're opening the poll to 20 new best of categories including dim sum, Greek restaurants, jerk chicken, seafood restaurants, macarons, tea, eyeglasses, gift stores, catereres and more. Voting ends on Saturday December 1 at 11:45 p.m.


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    What better way to support Canada's oldest zoo—the crown jewel of west Toronto, in this writer's opinion—than by drinking some good ol' trustworthy beer?

    Next month, you'll be able to do just that with the launch of High Park Brewery's latest city-born brew: A beer inspired by the one and only High Park Zoo.

    "The zoo is an essential part of High Park," said brewery founder Ted Clark by phone on Wednesday. "All of the business around High Park benefit from having the zoo there, in our mind, so we wanted to find a way to do our small part to support it."

    Clark got the idea for his latest creative craft beer after speaking with the zoo about donating spent grain (a nutritious and sustainable source of livestock feed). Some spoiled llamas spurned him in hilarious fashion, which inspired his team to instead help out by doing what they do best.

    The resulting beer is set be revealed in partnership with the Friends of High Park Zoo (FHPZ) at a launch party inside the company's Roncesvalles Brewery on December 8.

    Clark can't dive into specifics about the brew just yet, but did reveal that it will be named after a type of grain-loving animal at the High Park Zoo.

    He also noted that a portion of the sales from each beer sold will go to FHPZ—a registered not-for-profit organization that raises funds to sustain and enhance the zoo, launched in 2012 amidst City budget cuts to stop the beloved attraction from closing.

    In the meantime, you can look for High Park Brewery's new blueberry stout, launching at the LCBO next week. And also go visit the llamas. And bison. And wallabies. And capybaras.

    You can never be bored around capybaras, especially High Park's.


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    On the 54th floor, soaring above the city, is this stunning condo. With views for miles, it’s hard not to have your breath taken away at how beautiful this place is... or how much it costs.16 harbour street toronto

    The three-bedroom, five-bathroom condo is modern, sleek and bright. 

    16 harbour street torontoThe main floor is open concept with floor-to-ceiling windows that overlook the lake and the city. I like the fireplace that divides up the room a bit so it isn’t just one vast space.

    16 harbour street torontoThe kitchen has dark wood cabinets, which seem almost too traditional for such a modern minimalist condo. But, there are still the top-of-the-line stainless steel appliances, as well as a wine fridge.

    16 harbour street torontoThe bedrooms are upstairs. The master bedroom is bright with the two walls of windows, and has a walk-in closet as well as an en suite bathroom.16 harbour street toronto

    The curious thing about the en suite is that the door and walls are glass, leaving little privacy.

    16 harbour street torontoThe condo has a huge wrap around terrace as well as access to private indoor sky pool with a spa. Such luxury!16 harbour street toronto

    Specs
    • Address: #5401 - 16 Harbour Street
    • Price: $7,250,000
    • Bedrooms: 3
    • Bathrooms: 5
    • Parking: 6
    • Walk Score: 96    
    • Transit Score: 100
    • Maintenance Fees: $1,930.36 monthly
    • Listing agent: John Fortney
    • Listing ID: C4304829
    16 harbour street torontoGood For

    The views. With most of the condo being windows, you have an unobstructed view of the lake and the city that are hard to beat.16 harbour street toronto

    Move On If

    You’re not a fan of see-through walls. Maybe some people don’t mind being on display while they're having a bath or brushing their teeth, but if you like the privacy of a solid wall and door, this place is not for you.16 harbour street toronto


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    Holiday cheer on wheels arrives as events in Toronto today will see the CP Holiday Train make a pit stop in the city. The late Leonard Cohen is remembered with a big sing-along and a horror, indie and alternative film festival kicks off.

    Events you might want to check out:

    CP Holiday Train (November 29 @ Lambton Yard)
    The famous CP Holiday Train is rolling through the city this week and making a brief stop for onlookers to gaze at this colourful metal mammoth.
    Leonard Cohen Sing-Along (November 29 @ Northern District Library)
    Hallelujah indeed as people gather to sing the masterpiece by the late Leonard Cohen and catch a short film about the icon.
    The Godfather: Part II (November 29 @ Fox Theatre)
    Many an offer was made and now we're at the point where a young Michael is set to carry on the family business Don Corleone has left him.
    Artist Proof Sale (November 29 @ Open Studio)
    Art makes for the best gift and local artists are on hand selling original works of fine art for that special someone and yourself, of course.
    Feastbound (November 29 @ Eastbound Brewing)
    It's not too early for a Christmas dinner and Eastbound Brewing Company is hosting a big, communal-style feast with festive goodies.
    You Are What You Act (November 29 @ Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema)
    The term “Fake it until you make it” comes to life with Albert Nerenberg as she explores what mannerisms and attitudes are best for success.
    Lapalux (November 29 @ Radio)
    Amibent electro sounds that are made mellow and smooth are what makes English producer Lapalux's style so unique.
    The Experiment (November 29 @ Comedy Bar)
    A whole whack of local comedians are throwing down the laughs for the night at this improv show where anything is possible.
    Tutti Frutti Apocalypse (November 29 @ Swan Dive)
    Dance the winter blues away to some killer tunes that include rock, punk, pop, psych, surf and 80's dance tunes at this funky dance party.
    Videodrunk Film Festival (November 29 - December 1 @ Silver Mill)
    Horror, indie and underground films are all on at this annual festival dedicated to the weird and strange and the best of alternative cinema.

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    Top events in Toronto for December 2018 are stacked with holiday favourites like Christmas at Casa Loma and the Krampus Ball. Rupi Kaur and Alec Baldwin are here and there's lots of free stuff, markets and concerts happening, too. 

    Events you might want to check out:

    Wildlife Photographer of the Year (December 1 - March 31 @ Royal Ontario Museum)
    Outrageous, fascinating and incredible captures of the world's many different species will be on display by some of the most renowned photographers.
    A Nutcracker Christmas at the Castle (December 1 - January 6 @ Casa Loma)
    Like something out of a fairy tale, Casa Loma is hosting its annual Christmas celebration with dazzling lights, performances and an evening series.
    iHeartRadio Jingle Ball (December 2 @ Scotiabank Arena)
    A star-studded lineup of artists are in Toronto for this big concert featuring The Chainsmokers, Khalid, Dua Lipa, Alessia Cara, Loud Luxury and lots more.
    Alec Baldwin (December 3 @ Roy Thomson Hall)
    Funny, talented, problematic. Whatever you want to call him, actor Alec Baldwin is a man of many faces and he's here for an evening of laughs.
    Krampus Ball (December 7 @ The Opera House)
    Don't pack away your Halloween costume just yet, as this annual Christmas funhouse party will see all types of strange creatures roaming about.
    Long Winter (December 8 @ Polish Combatants Hall)
    Toronto's thriving underground DJ community is ready to keep you warm and dancing with a night of tunes, art, drinks and more.
    Corteo (December 12-16 @ Scotiabank Arena)
    Corteo tells the story of "a festive parade imagined by a clown" and includes its signature acrobatic marvels and mind-bending contortion.
    Rupi Kaur (December 15 @ Sony Centre for the Performing Arts)
    Known across the world for her Insta-famous poems, Brampton's own Rupi Kaur is home to chat about her short and sweet works of art.
    The Yule Ball (December 20 @ The Phoenix Concert Theatre)
    Break out your freshest robes for this Harry Potter party that will see the Phoenix transformed into the Great Hall and a night of wizarding fun.
    12 Beers of Christmas (December 22 @ Gladstone Hotel)
    Grab your signature ugly sweater and a brewskis, ale or sour and drink to all the things that make the holidays so special at this annual beer festival.

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    Big things are happening in Toronto's West Don Lands, an area that is basically entirely under construction right now. 

    The former industrial land is slowly being revitalized into an up-and-coming new neighbourhood and, as this revitalization continues, huge developments are underway. 

    One of those developments is a series of rental buildings along Block 8 of the West Don Lands, which runs along Mill Street. block 8 west don lands

    The lower floors are clad in red brick. Image from Dream, Kilmer, and Tricon.

    A proposal for the development would see 756 rental units built across three towers, with the floors at ground level being occupied by townhouses, retail, and other amenities. 

    The two shorter towers, coming in at 16 storeys each, have a sailboat-esque design, with curved, concave window frames that give them a punchy, sail-like appearance.

    In other words, it gives some shape to buildings that could otherwise look like Toronto's typical glass rectangles. block 8 west don lands

    There are three buildings total, two with 16 storeys, and one with 26. Image from Dream, Kilmer, and Tricon.

    The base of these two buildings is clad in reddish-brown brick—a call to the neighbouring Distillery District. 

    The third tower, which is the tallest at 26 storeys, features jumping vertical lines that give it the appearance of fins, or wind chimes. The three towers together each have an appearance that seems to move the eye through natural lines. block 8 west don lands

    The third building is the tallest, and appears different from the other two. Image from Dream, Kilmer, and Tricon.

    The development is designed by COBE Architects and architectsAlliance.

    The project seems to be moving quickly through development planning stages at City Hall, so Toronto should expect these nice new buildings on the waterfront in no time. 


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    Toronto Restaurant Openings highlights the latest food news in Toronto and gives a preview of what's coming soon. Find us here every Thursday morning.

    Open now
    • Hawk & Chick, a Korean-influenced takeaway bento restaurant serving banchan, jjigae and kimbap, is now open at 1426 Dundas Street West in Little Portugal.
    • Bootleg Smokehouse, a “refined smokehouse,” has opened 64 Spadina Avenue (south of King Street West).
    • Blua, a Balkan-inspired tapas and cocktail bar, has opened at 395 Keele Street in the Junction.
    • Indian fine dining restaurant Cumin Kitchen is now open at 1820 Danforth Avenue (by Roseheath Avenue).
    • Japanese spot You Don Ya has opened at 108 Dundas Street West (at Bay Street).
    • Saigon House, serving Vietnamese and Thai, is now open at 3393 Yonge Street in North York.
    Recently reviewed
    Opening soon
    • Milky's Coffee opens next month at 760 Dundas Street West (by Bathurst).
    • Something called HuaJia Rice Noodle will be taking over what was formerly Sarah’s Shawarma and Falafel at 487 Bloor Street West in the Annex.
    • The Woodlawn Public House will be opening in the space that was previously Monk's Table at 1276 Yonge Street in Summerhill.
    Closed
    • Black Rock Coffee has closed in Koreatown, and rumour has it that yet another new bubble tea shop will be going in to replace it.

    Have you seen restaurants opening or closing in your neighbourhood? Email tips to editors@blogto.com.


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    You know that hulking, windowless chunk of concrete dominating the north side of Toronto's Mink Mile between Yonge Street and Park Road?

    I'm talking about 2 Bloor Street East, or the Hudson's Bay complex: A block-sized building that's as lovely inside as it is hideous to look at from street level.

    2 bloor west toronto

    The bunker-like building at Bloor and Yonge is connected to the TTC from below. Image via Marriott.com.

    Enter hotel management firm Larco Hospitality Inc. with a proposal that, if approved, could change the facade of what's long been somewhat of an eyesore in an otherwise quite beautiful part of town.

    Larco is currently seeking approval from the City of Toronto to modernize its Bloor Yorkville Marriott Hotel property, which fills out much of complex's eastern half.

    A newly submitted development application with design plans by celebrated local architectural firm architectsAlliance shows how much of an impact even just changing the hotel's entrance could have.

    bloor yorkville marriott rooftop

    A modernized hotel entrance would allow guests to look out onto bustling Bloor Street from the lobby. Image via architectsAlliance/City of Toronto.

    In addition to a new look for the hotel's main entrance (which right now looks like a movie theatre parking garage), developers would like to build a new rooftop bar addition some 32 metres above the street.

    Cooler still is the proposal of an exterior elevator that would lead directly to said rooftop bar, adding visual interest and breaking up the building's long, monotonous face.

    bloor yorkville marriott rooftop

    The complex at 2 Bloor Street East has space for around 1,200 cars across its various parking garages. Image via architectsAlliance/City of Toronto.

    The glass elevator shaft would separate the hotel's new entrance from a parking and drop-off area, which should come as welcome news to both drivers and guests who are used to sharing one poorly-demarked overhang.

    No word yet on what the new rooftop bar will look like inside, if approved, but you can bet it'll be swanky with an address like that. 


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    BTS lovers—get ready to storm Scarborough Town Centre

    Tomorrow, dedicated fans of the internationally beloved K-pop megastars BTS will be able to browse their favourite boy band's new line of merch, BT21, at a pop up shop at the mall in Scarborough.

    The Army, as these superfans are called, have from tomorrow until December 7 (or until the merch runs out) to get their hands on this special collection made in collaboration with Line Friends, a Korean brand specializing in cartoon characters. 

    BTS designed and launched their own eight characters last year, and by tomorrow you'll be able to get versions of characters like the space robot VAN and the horse-thing MANG as adorable pillow plushies or on clothing.

    The pop-up will also be selling some limited edition BT21 Toronto  apparel not available on any popular BTS merch sites

    Similar pop-ups in New York and L.A. have seen thousands of fans lining up for their BT21 goods, and it's been proven that the Toronto Army is ready to show out for their faves, so get ready for madness.


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    Longtime Toronto restaurant Hong Shing announced that it has finally made amends with the customer who they were found guilty of racially discriminating against four years ago. 

    The late-night restaurant near Dundas and University posted a press release last week, along with an Instagram photo of Hong Shing's owner Colin Li next to Emile Wickham, the man who filed a human rights complaint against them in 2015.

    The picture, which was taken last week, shows the two men posing outside of Hong Shing. 

    "On the morning of May 3rd 2014, Emile and his friends received service that caused great hurt and embarrassment,"says the caption below the photo. "It should have never happened and we deeply apologize."

    "We have a renewed commitment to ensure all our customers feel welcome and receive equal service. We intend to continue working with Emile to ensure that the Hong Shing experience always meets this standard." 

    Hong Shing was found guilty of racially discriminating against Wickham and three of his friends earlier this year following an incident on his birthday, when Wickham's group was asked to pre-pay for their meal while other non-Black patrons weren't.  

    Wickham, now 32 years-old, says he's forgiven the restaurant, and says the apology was "a genuine one." 

    "They acknowledge they messed up," says Wickham. "The apology went a very long way." 

    At the time, the staff at Hong Shing defended their request for pre-payment, and later released a statement justifying their policy as a security measure against dine-and-dashes.

    Then, in May, the restaurant appealed the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal's order to pay Wickham $10,000 with interest—a move which Wickham describes as aggravating—but that appeal was eventually dropped. 

    According to Hong Shing's statement, Li, who took over the restaurant from his parents after the incident, has since removed the pre-pay policy, and "has committed to ensuring that all of Hong Shing's staff will participate in racial sensitivity training". 

    "Just based on his discussions with me, I believe that he’s genuine and making the wrongs," says Wickham.

    Wickham says that the two first began communicating when he dropped by Hong Shing during Caribana weekend—not to eat, just to talk. Despite their ongoing legal dispute, the two men came together to work on a solution. 

    "I intend to have follow up discussions with him," says Wickham."More importantly in this whole thing, I believe there are a lot of food establishments that have taken note of this decision."

    On whether or not he intends to eat at Hong Shing again in the future: "I'm not opposed to it. It's something I need to work my way through." 


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    Christmas markets and Santa Claus parades will be taking to Toronto roads this weekend. As a result, there's going to be a number of road closures to watch out for. It's also important to note there's a major subway closure going on for the duration of the weekend.

    Here's what you need to know to navigate around the city by car this weekend.

    Canada's Walk of Fame Awards

    The following road closures will be in effect to accommodate the event.

    • The north curb lane of The Esplanade from Scott St. to Yonge St., as well as the west curb lane on Scott St. south of Front St., are closed until midnight on December 2.
    • Front St. from Yonge St. to Scott St. will be fully closed at midnight November 29 until 3 a.m. on December 2.

    Toronto Christmas Market

    The northbound and southbound curb lanes on Parliament St. from Lake Shore Blvd. East to Front St. East will be closed from November 30 at 4 p.m. until December 2 at midnight for the annual Christmas Market.

    Etobicoke Lake Shore Santa Claus Parade

    Santa Claus is coming to town! As a result, Lake Shore Blvd. West will be fully closed between Dwight Ave. and Thirty Sixth St. from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on December 1.

    North Etobicoke Santa Claus Parade

    Albion Rd. will be closed from Thistle Down Blvd. to Finch Ave. West from noon until 3:30 p.m. on December 2 for the parade.


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    Did you happen to notice a bright light streaking across the sky in Toronto around 9:15 p.m. last night? You're far from alone, and no—it (probably) wasn't aliens. 

    The American Meteor Society (AMS) reports that a "bright fireball" was spotted above Toronto last night in at least 33 verified locations so far.

    Most reports on the non-profit scientific organization's website were logged from Toronto, though skywatchers from Markham, Mississauga, Brampton and Buffalo, NY are said to have witnessed the event as well.

    Of course, not everyone who saw the fireball reported it to AMS. A lot of people turned straight to Twitter with their observations and, in some cases, their video evidence. 

    "Did anyone see a green light streak across the sky around 9:15 p.m. northward?" asked one local on Reddit Wednesday evening shortly after the event had passed.

    "Yup. Facing north at St. Clair and Keele," replied someone else. "I've never seen something burn in our atmosphere like that, it was quite beautiful! Started as a white streak, then turned into a green flare."

    Another observer posted footage of the fireball taken from his dashcam, noting that it "freaked the sh*t out of me."

    The University of Toronto Scarborough's astronomical observatory's meteor camera automatically posted footage of the fireball just moments after it graced the night sky.

    For the most part, though, it was human eyeballs that best captured this particular event.

    Many on Twitter are saying that the fireball was green with a long tail and atypically bright.

    "Saw it on my way north on the DVP it looked very different in person," wrote an observer in response to one of many tweets about the meteor.

    "Long white streak and exploded with green colour, it was very close to the ground when it exploded."

    "It was unbelievable," wrote someone else in a different Twitter thread. "Looked very low. Brightest we have ever seen!"

    Cool. 


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    Winter warriors, rejoice. Toronto's weather is giving us a temporary reprieve. 

    The temperature should head up to around 10 C according to Environment Canada, while the Weather Network is being a little more optimistic with a forecast of 11 C. toronto weather

    The Weather Network is getting all our hopes up for this Sunday. Image from the Weather Network.

    There's a 60 per cent chance of precipitation (read: probably rain), but that's okay. As long as it warms up a bit, I think we can all be happy. 

    However, the warm will be temporary, as temperatures should fall back down next week, feeling like -3 C on Monday and Tuesday. 

    Oh well. Before you know it, summer will be around the corner (hopefully). 


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    Construction is now officially underway on what might be one of the biggest infrastructure projects in Toronto's history: The Port Lands flood protection project.

    It may sound like, well, a plan to protect against flooding—and it is. But it's also much, much more than that.

    Officials from all three levels of government joined Waterfront Toronto in the sprawling former industrial area near Lake Ontario yesterday to break ground on a new, one-kilometre-long valley that will eventually become a new mouth for the mighty Don River.

    This work will not only protect the area against future flooding, but lead to the creation of a massive, brand new island, purpose-built to support the development of new residential, commercial and recreational space.

    "This project is a game changer, opening up an area roughly the size of Toronto's downtown for new homes, workplaces, parks and more access to our waterfront's natural wonder," said acting Waterfront Toronto CEO Michael Nobrega during the groundbreaking ceremony on Wednesday.

    Mayor John Tory agreed, calling the $1.25 billion Port Lands Flood Protection project "one of the largest waterfront revitalization projects in the world."

    villiers island toronto

    An artist's rendering of the Villiers Island as seen looking south at the future River Valley Park. Image via Waterfront Toronto.

    "This construction is going to be completed in 2023," said Tory. "You're going to have a new shoreline, a new river valley, parks, and they are going to facilitate not only flood protection but also the new neighbourhoods and the new places to work."

    Villiers Island, as the new mega-development will be called, isn't expected to house residents or businesses until 2024.

    Still, yesterday's groundbreaking ceremony marks a significant step in that work on the project is now officially underway after years of excitement and speculation.

    The groundbreaking has also given way to more artistic renderings of the future parkland and models showing how the entire community will be constructed.

    More than 290 hectares of land (more than one third of Toronto’s entire waterfront) will be unlocked for revitalization through this project, according to Waterfront Toronto.

    The project itself will also boost Canada's economy by an estimated $5.1 billion, but Toronto residents and visitors will no doubt be most excited about the beautiful new (streetcar-accessible!) spaces to explore.

    See you there in seven years.


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    No amount of pleading from scientists, direction from the federal government or even lost revenue can convince Ontario's PC government to bring back cap-and-trade, it seems.

    Provincial Environment Minister Rod Phillips made this crystal clear today when revealing the Ford government's long-awaited climate change plan.

    "This plan strikes the right balance between a healthy environment and a healthy economy," he said on Thursday. "Most importantly, it does all of this without imposing an ineffective, regressive carbon tax on hard-working Ontario families."

    So how does Ontario plan to, as Phillips puts it "do our part to reduce greenhouse gas emissions" without taxing polluters who exceed their carbon allowances?

    By offering them money instead.

    ontario carbon trust

    A visual explanation of the Ontario Carbon Trust as seen in 'Preserving and Protecting our Environment for Future Generations: A Made-in-Ontario Environment Plan'. Image via the Government of Ontario. 

    Meet the Ontario Carbon Trust—a proposed $400-million fund that would serve to "unleash the resourcefulness and creativity of the private sector while freeing them from burdensome taxes and red tape."

    Essentially, a "reverse auction" would allow private sector bidders to send proposals for emissions reduction projects.

    Those with the best ideas, as determined by a "board with the appropriate expertise" could win contracts totalling tens or hundreds of millions of dollars.

    The freshly-released, 54-page-long plan says this trust is "most cost-effective approach to reducing greenhouse gas emissions," and that such a trust it would actually help Canada meet its Paris Climate Agreement target

    Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau may beg to differ. His government remains locked in a court battle against Ontario and Saskatchewan, both of which refuse to comply with his federal carbon pricing plan.

    Of course, the carbon trust is only one part of the plan, which has been posted on the government's Environmental Registry for public input over the next 60 days.

    Other ideas for solving climate change, according to Phillips, include tougher penalties for breaking environmental laws, more robust transparency measures and initiatives like a province-wide day of action to fight litter.


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    We love their wine, we love their food and we love their chic, expensive clothes, but Toronto does not love working out in the style of French people.

    Keep Cool, a popular France-based gym chain that prides itself on making fitness fun, is closing its first-ever North American location less than one year after launching it.

    Located on Yonge near Wellesley, the club opened back in April with competitive rates, including an unlimited $59.90 per month "Two Cool" program that allowed members to bring a friend with them to any workout.

    Alas, despite its clean and modern amenities, the brand doesn't appear to have fared as well in Canada as it has in France, where it already boasts more than 100 facilities.

    A representative for the Toronto location of Keep Cool says that the club at 530 Yonge Street will close next month. A "new concept of fitness studio" focused on HiiT (high-intensity interval training) will replace it in January of 2019.


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    Weekend events in Toronto bring on the Christmas cheer in a big way as Casa Loma decks its halls with holiday fun. Evergreen Brick Works is turning into a winter wonderland and there's lots of markets, music, film and fun stuff happening all over the city.

    Events you might want to check out:

    The Last Pogo Jumps Again (December 1 @ Revue Cinema)
    Toronto's punk scene comes alive once gain with a screening of this doc that chronicles the movement and a special art installation made of old bills.
    Evergreen's Winter Village (December 1-31 @ Evergreen Brick Works)
    Evergreen Brick Works is once again turning into a winter wonderland with an outdoor skating rink, food, drinks, a holiday market and lots more.
    A Nutcracker Christmas at the Castle (December 1 - January 6 @ Casa Loma)
    Like something out of a fairy tale, Casa Loma is hosting its annual Christmas celebration with dazzling lights, performances and an evening series.
    iHeartRadio Jingle Ball (December 2 @ Scotiabank Arena)
    A star-studded lineup of artists are in Toronto for this big concert featuring The Chainsmokers, Khalid, Dua Lipa, Alessia Cara, Loud Luxury and lots more.
    Matty Matheson Book Tour (November 30 @ Indigo Bay & Bloor)
    Celebrity chef Matty Matheson is trekking across Canada to chat about his new cookbook and stopping in Toronto for the day.
    Light Up the Beach (November 30 @ The Beaches)
    The Beaches gets festive with this annual light display strewn along the boardwalk that makes for a wintery wonderland throughout the season.
    The Junction Holiday Market (November 30 - December 2 @ Multiple Venues)
    The Junction is hosting a big holiday market with a weekend of musical performances, parties, shopping, activities, food, bonfires and lots more.
    Polar Bear Dip (December 1 @ Cherry Beach)
    For all the brave souls out there, the Brainfreeze polar bear dip is back to put the cold in perspective and raise money for your mental health.
    Frost Fair (December 1 @ Fort York National Historic Site)
    Festive fun is on at Fort York with a holiday fair, featuring a big market of local artisans, workshops, games, crafts and old timely traditions.
    Holiday Fair In Nathan Phillips Square (December 1-23 @ Nathan Phillips Square)
    Nathan Phillips Square transforms into a huge winter carnival with a marketplace, skating, food trucks and entertainment all month long.
    Wildlife Photographer of the Year (December 1 - March 31 @ Royal Ontario Museum)
    Outrageous, fascinating and incredible captures of the world's many different species will be on display by some of the most renowned photographers.
    Japanese Winter Festival (December 2 @ Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre)
    Fuyu Matsuri, the JCCC's annual winter festival, returns with a full day of Christmas shopping, activities, food and a special wellness room.
    Charlotte Cardin (November 30 @ The Danforth Music Hall)
    The enigmatic Montreal singer Charlotte Cardin embodies both old world soul with a distinct jazz influence and new-age pop and electro sounds.
    Majestic Casual (November 30 @ Adelaide Hall)
    The cool tunes of Majestic Casual goes live with a showcase of some of the brand's biggest DJ's and producers as part of its North American tour.
    Speculation (November 30 - December 1 @ Music Gallery)
    A multi-disciplinary concert, this show features live performances monologues, visuals and several podcasters, including the lovely Laurie Brown.
    J Mascis (December 1 @ The Great Hall)
    Indie folk rock singer J Mascis has embarked on a solo journey that has brought his down to earth sound to Toronto.
    The Penalty (November 30 @ Imagine Cinemas Carlton Cinema)
    Amnesty International is on hand to present a free screening of this doc that looks at the death penalty, and host speakers to discuss the pressing topic.
    Little Terrors (November 30 @ Eyesore Cinema)
    A bunch of horror shorts are screening as Rue Morgue Mag and Unstable Ground present some gory goodies at its new space inside the Eyesore Cinema.
    Happy As Lazzaro (November 30 @ TIFF Bell Lightbox)
    Alice Rohrwacher's new film has been receiving a lot of buzz after winning Best Screenplay at Cannes for this story about a time travelling outsider.
    Prosecuting Evil (November 30 - December 6 @ Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema)
    Ben Ferencz was only 27 when he prosecuted 22 men at Nuremberg and has since devoted his life to fighting for justice and an international rule of law.
    Kiki's Delivery Service (December 1 @ Revue Cinema)
    One of director Hayao Miyazaki's most acclaimed works gets a screening for anime fans to get in on Kiki and Jiji's witchy adventures.
    Pop By The Rink (November 30 - December 2 @ Harbourfront Centre – Natrel Rink)
    Dance it out to all the pop tunes on ice as Nordic pop stars Hildur, WhoMadeWho, Annie and Nive and the Deer Children perform live.
    Wimmin (November 30 @ Handlebar)
    Calling all queer rock and rollers for this dance party featuring all the best rock and punk hits from Patti Smith, X-Ray Spex, PJ Harvey and lots more.
    Michael Jackson vs. Prince (December 1 @ Revival)
    The power of the biggest names in 80s pop are combined for this big dance party with all the classics, visuals and surprises all night long.
    Thank U, Next (December 1 @ Sneaky Dee's)
    Celebrate the release of pop princess Ari's new single with a dance party that includes all her hits, remixes, features and all her girl pop pals.
    Really Really Free Market (December 1 @ Campbell Park)
    This completely free market with books, clothing, furniture and odds and ends is all totally free of charge.
    Leslieville Christmas Pop-Up Market (December 1-2 @ The Lighthouse Church)
    Bring your holiday shopping list to this curated artisan market with local makers, drinks, music and a soup competition.
    Christmas Craft Sale and Flea Market (December 1-2 @ Native Canadian Centre of Toronto)
    Over 40 local Indigenous crafter sand artisans are selling lots of holiday goodies alongside food, activities and lots more.
    Filipinoesque Pop-Up (December 1-2 @ IN | A Lifestyle Space)
    Traditional Filipino treats are on at this mini-market featuring clothing from Cambio & Co, an ice cream bar, talks and a mixer.
    Pixel and Bristle (December 1-2 @ The Drake Hotel)
    Toronto artists will be on hand for a special design and typography market with prints, cards, gifts, signage, coasters, wall art, bags and more for sale.
    The Citizens Collective Holiday Market (December 1-2 @ 9 Ossington Avenue)
    Over 35 local makers and travelling brands will be on hand for a two-day curated pop-up market with decor, jewellery, skin care, clothing, art and more.
    Blacksaw Pop-Up (December 1-2 @ Kotn)
    Blacksaw is hosting a pop-up featuring their sustainably-sourced, ethically-sourced alpaca, wool and recycled blankets just in time for snuggle season.
    The Wanderly x Hawkly Holiday Pop-up (December 1-31 @ 978 Queen St. West)
    The Wanderly is showcasing their signature designs that include clothing, jewellery, decor and gifts are this curated holiday market.
    Liberty Village Holiday Market (December 2 @ 99 Sudbury Glass Factory)
    Over 50 local artisans are coming out for this huge market with tons of unique works by craft-makers, photographers, designers and foodies.
    Merry Moose Market (December 2 @ ildsjel Collective)
    Norwegian flair with some Toronto soul comes together for a curated market of local creators selling handmade wears alongside food, drinks and tunes.
    The Eco Lifestyle Holiday Market (December 2 @ The Great Hall)
    Conscious consumers can pick from huge range of sustainable and eco-friendly lifestyle and wellness products by local artisans.

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    Fun activities in Toronto for 2018 are about getting into the holiday spirit with lots of festive goings-on all over the city. The Christmas Market is back with all the sights and smells of the season and Casa Loma is once again turning into a Christmas wonderland.

    Here are some of the fun activities happening during the holidays.

    See Casa Loma turn into a Christmas wonderland

    There's nothing like a trip to Toronto's most regal estate and it just so happens that Casa Loma is decking its halls once again for the holidays with a month of lights, decorations, performances, Santa's workshop, a market and an evening series beginning on December 17. 

    Have a drink at Toronto's new Christmas-themed bar

    Giggle water and lots of it are on tap at the city's newest Christmas-themed bar complete with hall-to-wall garland, Christmas lights and decorated trees strewn about. Bartenders are all ready to serve up the mulled wine, eggnog and everything in between.

    Brave the crowds at the Toronto Christmas Market

    One of the best Christmas Markets in the world has opened in the Distillery District and it's already bustling with holiday cheer. Between the festive treats and shopping, there's no shortage of photogenic scenes to make for a memorable trip.

    See a performance of the Nutcracker

    The ever-graceful and sometimes goofy Nutcracker is a stable of the holiday season and this year is no different with performance happening all over the city. From the ballet to the local high school, the spirit of Nutcracker lives on.

    Watch a bunch of Christmas movies for free

    It's a Wonderful Life, White Christmas, Love Actually, A Christmas Story, and National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation are all screening at the Hot Docs Cinema in exchange for a donation, with proceeds going to The Stop Community Food Centre.

    Watch a shirtless Bruce Willis fight terrorists and save Christmas

    Legendary Christmas film Die Hard is celebrating its 30th anniversary with multiple screenings throughout the holidays. Hot Docs, the Revue and Cinesphere are all screening the film, and there's even a family-friendly stage rendition as well.

    Get into the season at Evergreen Brick Work's Winter Village

    The holiday is in full effect over at Evergreen Brick Works as the conservation centre opens up a winter village that includes skating, a Christmas tree market, on-site market, and hot drinks. Best of all, entry is totally free.

    Catch a classic Christmas play

    A big part of the holidays is the tradition of seeing classic Christmas plays at any one of the theatres around the city. A Christmas CarolIt's a Wonderful Life and of course the Nutcracker are just some of the productions happening around the city.

    Feel the Christmas cheer at a comedy show

    The Second City is back with their holiday revue It’s a Wild, Rowdy, Wonderful Life that takes on and breaks down many of the typical holiday traditions, serves them up on a skewer and subverts them into something slightly more real.

    Travel back in time to an old timey Christmas

    Each weekend from now until December 23, Black Creek Pioneer Village is opening a window to the past with a series of Victorian-style Christmas activities, music, food, decoration and more to call back to the Christmases of yesteryear. 


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    Any fan of good food will appreciate chef Matty Matheson dropping by to talk about his new cookbook as part of events in Toronto today. The Beaches is about to be lit for the holidays and there's a Nordic pop ice skating party on all weekend.

    Events you might want to check out:

    Charlotte Cardin (November 30 @ The Danforth Music Hall)
    The enigmatic Montreal singer Charlotte Cardin embodies both old world soul with a distinct jazz influence and new-age pop and electro sounds.
    Light Up the Beach (November 30 @ The Beaches)
    The Beaches gets festive with this annual light display strewn along the boardwalk that makes for a wintery wonderland throughout the season.
    Matty Matheson Book Tour (November 30 @ Indigo Bay & Bloor)
    Celebrity chef Matty Matheson is trekking across Canada to chat about his new cookbook and stopping in Toronto for the day.
    Majestic Casual (November 30 @ Adelaide Hall)
    The cool tunes of Majestic Casual goes live with a showcase of some of the brand's biggest DJ's and producers as part of its North American tour.
    Enter the Void (November 30 @ 563 Dundas Street East)
    A new series looks at the intersection between art, technology and design, with interactive showcases meant to spark a conversation about all three.
    Happy As Lazzaro (November 30 @ TIFF Bell Lightbox)
    Alice Rohrwacher's new film has been receiving a lot of buzz after winning Best Screenplay at Cannes for this story about a time travelling outsider.
    Speculation (November 30 - December 1 @ Music Gallery)
    A multi-disciplinary concert, this show features live performances monologues, visuals and several podcasters, including the lovely Laurie Brown.
    Pop By The Rink (November 30 - December 2 @ Harbourfront Centre – Natrel Rink)
    Dance it out to all the pop tunes on ice as Nordic pop stars Hildur, WhoMadeWho, Annie and Nive and the Deer Children perform live.
    The Junction Holiday Market (November 30 - December 2 @ Multiple Venues)
    The Junction is hosting a big holiday market with a weekend of musical performances, parties, shopping, activities, food, bonfires and lots more.
    Nothing Like a Dame (November 30 - December 13 @ Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema)
    Dames Eileen Atkins, Judi Dench, Joan Plowright and Maggie Smith all come together to dish about life's ups and downs and share their wisdom and humour.

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